The Free Standards Group has launched version 3.0 of the Linux Standard Base specification – the blueprint for global Linux standards – and announced that four Linux distributions are in the process of being certified with the LSB 3.0.
The LSB is designed to create a common standard for Linux distributions, preventing fragmentation, and making it easier for ISVs to port their applications to the open source operating system. New additions to the latest version include an updated binary interface for C++ to improve application porting, and improved alignment with the POSIX Unix standard.
Red Hat and Novell are already certifying the latest versions of their Linux distributions with LSB 3.0, as are Red Flag Software, Miracle Linux Corp and Haansoft via their Asianux joint development project, and also the Debian Common Core Alliance.
The Debian Common Core Alliance was formed in August by leading Debian-based Linux distributors including Progeny, Linspire, Xandros, and Sun Wah Linux, to make Debian more attractive to enterprise users. LSB compliance was one of its primary goals.
Meanwhile, the Free Standards Group also announced that Computer Associates Inc has become the latest ISV to join the group and will participate in a newly formed LSB sub-project focusing on standardizing management technology for Linux.
CA will be joined on the sub-project by Linux systems management specialist Open Country Inc, which is also a new Free Standards Group member. Japanese systems integrator NTT Data Corp has also signed up to the non-profit group and will participate in its internationalization projects.